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Pros: Good fit case. Easy to use hard drive trays.
Cons: Of all the components I purchased for my recent build, this one is the weakest with two sore points. I wanted to use water cooling but the Hydro H60 cooler will not fit in the upper rear fan location due to a rolled under ridge. They left it flat far enough for a fan but not a fan plus water cooler. Good news is the case has enough air flow that cpu is staying cool for now without water cooling. Maybe they intended the cooler to mount on the top fan spaces, but I really don't see it fitting there either. To close to cpu/memory with the power supply at the bottom. The second issue is with how the top/front USB3 part is setup. They used a standard USB cable end that has to be routed out the back of the case and plugged into a rear USB port instead of a cable that plugs into the port on the mainboard. There is a nice port on the back for routing the cable but not what I expected.
Other Thoughts: Not really a con but was not clear how to remove the 5.25" front slot covers. Had to remove the front panel to figure it out. The levers pull toward the middle of the case to release the cover, not out. The fan controls on the top are an interesting touch. I am using a 5 channel controller and the mainboard has control for several fans as well so not sure it is needed. Had a different case picked out. Purchased this one on special. It will work for now. May mod the case and add the water cooling prior to summer.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Paired 32G of the Patriot Viper3 with a new AMD FX-6300 and the Gigabit GA-990FXA-UD3 mainboard. Easiest build I have done. Everything detected correctly. Memory was even detected at the proper 1600MHz speed unlike what as been experienced by some.
Other Thoughts: Looking forward to getting Oracle RAC running on this box with virtualization. Should be sweet.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Combined with a Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 and 32G of RAM to build a small virtualization server. Everything worked great out of the box with minimal configuration. Loaded the cpu up with World Community Grid compute load and chip is running in the 50-60c range with stock cooler.
Cons: Not as fast in total as the 2.8GHz Intel i7 in my iMac but solid performance. Better integer performance but less floating point. Expected based on the differences in cpu architectures.READ FULL REVIEW